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Peoria Civic Center Masterplan


Peoria, Illionois


  • Development of Campus Masterplan

  • Physical Evaluation of a Theater, Convention Center, and Arena ƒ

  • Market and Financial Analysis ƒ

  • Management Review ƒ

  • User Focus Groups and Surveys ƒ

  • Economic Impact Analysis


Johnson Consulting was engaged by the Peoria Civic Center Authority (Authority) to evaluate the condition of the Peoria Civic Center (PCC) and to develop a facility masterplan that positions the arts arena and convention center complex to more effectively serve the community, and attract additional users to the Peoria market. Completed in 1982, the Phillip-Johnson-designed and SMG-managed PCC is a multi-venue complex that features three loosely integrated buildings: a 64,000 square foot convention center, a 12,000-seat arena, and a 2,200-seat performing arts theater. A second theater with 1,000-seats is under consideration.

In addition to numerous conventions and touring Broadway shows, the PCC is the home to Bradley Braves basketball games and the Peoria Rivermen hockey franchise.

Johnson Consulting also participated in the development of Peoria’s first community masterplan in 28 years. This comprehensive effort, which was led by the award-winning town planning firm of Duany Plater-Zyberk (DPZ), involves a series of public participation sessions designed to engage residents in planning the future of their community.

The overall end result was a study that addresses attracting additional visitors to the region, providing the community quality space to hold civic events, entertainment, and cultural events, and to enhance the position of the PCC as a resource for Central Illinois.

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